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My 2013 Personal Annual Report

My 2013 Personal Annual Report

Holy crap, 2013 was a busy year! Look what I’ve been up to – and click around:

Download (PDF, 208KB)

So, to recap, I’m prrrreeeetttttty sure I don’t have to publish one more thing until 2015. Whew.

Some technical notes:

Last year I made my annual report in Adobe Illustrator. The year before that, I used Microsoft Word. This year I used PowerPoint – yeah, PowerPoint! I hear of more and more people who can’t or don’t want to pay for access to Adobe and turn to PowerPoint as a layout tool so I thought I’d give it a try. And for sure, it’s pretty friendly.

The icons are nearly all actually fonts. No kidding! And free fonts, at that. You just insert a textbox and type the letter that matches your icon. The state shapes are a font called StateFace. The journal and book icons came from the Modern Pictograms font. The transportation icons are part of the font Cittadino Symbols.

Kick off the new year with a webinar on Smart Data Visualization, why dontcha?

9 thoughts on “My 2013 Personal Annual Report
  1. Mallory says:

    I myself have been going back and forth between using Illustrator for visual communications and looking for a way to not use Illustrator. This is fantastic, you have made me a believer!

    • Stephanie Evergreen says:

      Yeah I don’t usually think of PowerPoint as layout software but it’s pretty easy without the weird crap that happens when putting a bunch of images and text boxes in Word. And without the learning curve of Illustrator. It’s worth a try.

  2. Jane Davidson says:

    Great stuff, Stephanie!

    Totally agree that Word does what commercial vacuum cleaners do best when it comes to layout. Powerpoint is better. But for larger or fiddlier diagrams (including logic models), I have actually found Excel (yes, Excel!) to be better still. You can create diagrams there and then paste it into Word as a pic.

    You’ve got me thinking I should do a summary of my own 2013. The mind tends to wander to the plans that didn’t quite make it, which can make it feel like nothing much got done. But actually it was those emergent achievements that saved the year – the ones I didn’t have the imagination to predict way back last January. :)

    • Stephanie Evergreen says:

      Please please share how you made a logic model in Excel. Sounds like a nightmare. But I’m all about using the tools you already own in smarter ways.

      And, yeah, I felt the same way when I reflect on the year. Plans are important but so many of the awesome things I got to do last year weren’t part of my plan last January.

  3. Sheila B. Robinson says:

    I love this because I am avoiding having to learn Illustrator and confident that we can do wonderfully creative work in PowerPoint with free fonts and tools! Yeah! So, from what font is the uke? :-)

  4. Angie says:

    I used PowerPoint for PDA’s annual report for the exact reasons you stated. First time we did one – it was a hit! Excited to check out the State Face font! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Andrew Staroscik says:

    For people who already understand Illustrator, but don’t want to pay for it, inkscape is a robust (and free) alternative. Link: http://www.inkscape.org

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